SAN DIEGO, Jan. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, January 3, 2017, notice will start being sent to consumers about a settlement reached between Toyota Motor Sales and the owners of Toyota Tacoma vehicles, model years 2005 to 2010; Toyota Tundra vehicles, model years 2007 to 2008; and Toyota Sequoia vehicles, model years 2005 to2008. The notice is sent pursuant to the December 2, 2016, order from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granting preliminary approval of a settlement. The Court also appointed Timothy G. Blood of Blood Hurst & O'Reardon, LLP and Ben Barnow of Barnow and Associates, P.C. as Class Counsel.
The settlement involves about 1.5 million vehicles and covers all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the other United States territories and possessions.
Under the settlement, each class member is entitled to have their vehicle's frame inspected for rust corrosion. If excessive corrosion is found, the frame and associated parts will be replaced. The inspection and frame replacement is at no cost to class members.
A class member may have their vehicle's frame inspected for free for up to 12 years from the time the vehicle was first sold or leased, or one year from final settlement approval, whichever is longer. Class members also may have their frames inspected multiple times during this period.
"The frame plays a central role in the crashworthiness and stability of the vehicle. Inspections will cost the class member nothing and are important to ensure the vehicle's safety and structural integrity," said Timothy Blood of Blood Hurst & O'Reardon.
"Tim and I are very pleased to deliver this proposed remedy for consumers for the Court's review and, ultimately, for the benefit of every class member. Authorized Toyota dealerships will be available to provide inspections and required repairs. This is important to ensure the proper and prompt delivery of the settlement benefits to consumers," said Ben Barnow of Barnow and Associates.
The lawsuit is entitled Warner v. Toyota Motor Company, Case No. CV 15-2171 (C.D. Cal.). The final approval hearing is scheduled for April 27, 2017. For more information, visit: http://www.bholaw.com or http://www.barnowlaw.com
About Blood Hurst & O'Reardon, LLP
Blood Hurst & O'Reardon, LLP specializes in consumer protection law. It represents consumers, insurance policy holders, investors and small businesses in class action lawsuits nationwide.
About Barnow and Associates, P.C.
Barnow and Associates, P.C. has a multi-decade practice dedicated to advancing consumers causes. Its cases, and settlements, have included some of the largest certified classes against a Who's Who of corporate America.
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